Winter storm Jonas may have shut down a number of businesses in the East Coast over the weekend, but three New Yorkers seem to have found a way to turn the heavy snow into an opportunity to earn some money.
Twenty-eight-year-old Patrick Horton and his roommates Justin Seeley and Griff Jones have been planning to build an igloo for the past few months.
While Horton admits that they may have downed a few beers when they came up with the idea, they decided to push through with their building project when they got their chance.
On Saturday, the trio took advantage of the heavy snowfall that blanketed their Greenpoint neighborhood in Brooklyn to fashion themselves an igloo. They've even placed pillows, covers and lights to make their icy home more comfortable and cozy.
This was when they came up with a hilarious idea: why not rent their new home out to travelers who want to experience living in a real life igloo?
Horton, a freelance art director by trade, placed an ad on Airbnb on Sunday that offered travels a stay in their "Boutique Winter Igloo for 2" for $200 a night. He also used some lavish descriptions to hype their igloo.
"Built completely by hand all natural. Come experience this chic dome-style bungalow," Horton wrote in the Airbnb post listing.
— Patrick M. Horton (@patrickmhorton) January 24, 2016
The listing may have been a hoax but it quickly became viral as soon as it was posted. Some people shared the post on Facebook and on Reddit, with five of them even inquiring about the igloo, according to Horton.
Unfortunately for them, the ad for the Boutique Winter Igloo was taken down by Airbnb from its listings on Sunday evening. A representative from the company named Dustin later sent an email to Horton.
"We are happy to see that you guys are staying busy and having fun during Blizpocalypse," the Airbnb rep wrote."Unfortunately, your igloo, while very well-constructed, has failed to meet our occupancy standards and has been removed from search results."
The Boutique Winter Igloo may no longer be available for occupancy, but Horton said they plan to make the most out of their icy home. Based on his latest tweet, Horton may have also found another use for their popular igloo.
Changing my @Tinder photo to the igloo. That image has gotten way more love then the rest of the photos I have on there. #RightSwipeTheIgloo — Patrick M. Horton (@patrickmhorton) January 25, 2016